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Lesbian family disclosure: Authenticity and safety within private and public domains

Perlesz, Amaryll, Brown, Rhonda, McNair, Ruth, Lindsay, Jo, Pitts, Marian and De Vaus, David 2006, Lesbian family disclosure: Authenticity and safety within private and public domains, Lesbian & gay psychology review, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 54-65.

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Title Lesbian family disclosure: Authenticity and safety within private and public domains
Author(s) Perlesz, Amaryll
Brown, Rhonda
McNair, Ruth
Lindsay, Jo
Pitts, Marian
De Vaus, David
Journal name Lesbian & gay psychology review
Volume number 7
Issue number 1
Start page 54
End page 65
Publisher The British Psychological Society
Place of publication Leicester, England
Publication date 2006
ISSN 1467-2472
Keyword(s) lesbian parent
lesbian co-mother
lesbian co-parent
lesbian families
disclosure
children
Summary Definitions of family and disclosure of family configuration are important themes for understanding the experiences of contemporary lesbian-parented families. Drawing on multi-generational family interviews with 20 lesbian-parented families in Victoria, Australia, we explore how participants describe and present their families in public contexts. We found a marked difference in experience between lesbian-parented stepfamilies and lesbian-parented de novo families where children are conceived and raised by lesbian parents from birth. Family members adopted a variety of strategies when disclosing parents’ sexual orientation in mainstream social institutions such as health care settings and schools. Some chose a proud, open strategy; while others were more private; yet others chose a passive strategy, particularly when dealing with health care providers, and a selective strategy when dealing with schools. These strategies demonstrate
the fine balance that families must strike between being publicly authentic and creating safety by protecting themselves from negative attitudes.
Language eng
Field of Research 160301 Family and Household Studies
170105 Gender Psychology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, The British Psychological Society
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30023072

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